Monday, September 1, 2014

3D Magic Life Counters

I made some 3D Magic Life Counters recently. It is a fun project.

This is the first one I made. I didn't edge the cards with marker which was a mistake. Also I didn't leave the pieces attached to the border so it was hard to get them spaced correctly.  For the bars we used safety pins and I didn't feel like they were flat enough. I used a scrapbooking glue that seemed to work ok. I wasn't thrilled with the results. 

This one I used 3 inch doll needles for the bars which worked perfectly. We also
colored the edges black which made a big difference.  It didn't have a ton of layers because the image was pretty simple but it turned out well. 

This one has a lot of depth to it and I was really happy with it. I think it had about 6 cut layers (about 20 with spacers). 

This one turned out well. It is hard to get a picture with all the layers. 

I was also pretty happy with this one (again the picture doesn't do it justice). 

I want to figure out a way to finish the edges. I tried clear nail polished and it seemed to work well but I am worried it would chip with a lot of use. I am thinking  Diamond Glaze could work well. Also I am wondering if I should find a clear layer to put over the 3D image top (acrylic or vinyl) to protect it (but I am worried it will make it harder to see the details). 

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of Second Grade

I can't believe Chase is starting second grade!  Such a big kid now!

It is also Keira's first day of daycare!

Of course right before we left she fell and got a giant goose egg. Parent of year right?

So tired after school...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Jamberry Nails

My Jamberry nail shields came!  

I admit I was a little skeptical, primarily because I was worried about the complicated application process. Turns out it wasn't bad at all!  I was able to get them all on with no wrinkles my first try.  A hair dryer worked fine (no need for the heater). They were a little harder to file then some of the other ones but it still worked, it just took more time to get them smooth. 

They don't look quite as nail polish like as the Sally Hansen ones but they have a great high gloss finish to them. 

If they last a week like advertised I am sold. The fun patterns Jamberry have put them a bit above the rest in my opinion. 

Update:  So bummed they lasted like 2 days. Ugh!!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jack Johnson at Red Rocks

Our friends took us to the Jack Johnson concert at Red Rocks. The weather was perfect and it was really fun (the stars were amazing). So glad we went. The only bummer was the lack of parking!  Nothing like hiking in the middle of the night...what did we do before cell phone flashlights!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Little Birds

My new little birds tattoo...

Kiss Nail Shields

If you remember a few weeks ago I tried Sally Hansens Nail Shields and fell in love with them. They are easy to put on, look great, last a week (more if you can stand they nail grow out), and are fast to remove. 

I decided to try Kiss nail shields and they are a huge disappointment. They aren't as flexible as the Sally Hansen ones so they make wrinkles. Also they don't seem to stick nearly as well.  The excess doesn't file off well so the fit matters a lot more. It looks like a sticker on your nails instead of polish.  

I ordered some Jamberry Nail shields, hopefully they work well...

New Shoes

Chase goes back to school in a week so it was time for a new pair of shoes. He got his first pair of laced shoes!  Airwalks (what all the cool kids wore when I was a kid - I have a soft spot for "skater shoes").  He is getting so big!

Keira also got her first pair of shoes. If you have a baby I totally recommend Payless vs name brand shoes (only $5 for a pair of baby shoes whoop whoop)!  They don't wear them for very long anyways. 

We also adventured to the Aurora mall for the first time.  It was like a walk down memory lane. They had two oriental gift stores, a Spencers, Pet City, and an Arcade in the mall!  They also had a train the drove people around in the mall - seriously?!  Chase's favorite part were the huge bubble gum machine displays every 15 feet (he has dreams of returning with a bucket full of quarters). 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Science Camp

This summer Chase opted for 7 weeks of science camp. His last camp was an advanced robotics camp and he built this robotic arm.  He is practicing writing with it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yoga Wall

Lately I have been intrigued by the idea of trying a class that uses a yoga wall. It seems like you would be able to get so much deeper into poses!

Now I just have to find somewhere to take a class...